Anderson organic farm helps those with autism

REDDING, Calif - Carrie Lustig was a social worker for 20 years. Her days were filled with high heels and working in and out of offices.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 7:07 PM

REDDING, Calif - Carrie Lustig was a social worker for 20 years.

Her days were filled with high heels and working in and out of offices.

But one day she said she had had enough and traded in her office lifestyle for one out on the farm.

"So one day I just woke up and had the idea to start this farm and I’ve been just going for it ever since," said Lustig.

She tells Action News Now, as a mother, she saw a need for great organic foods.

And as a social worker, she saw a great opportunity to help autistic adults in a challenging environment.

So she opened the "Fulfilling Fields Organic Farm" in Anderson.

In the last year, the farm has grown to become a success and it's all due to their mission to help its employees.

“So many people wanted to buy our stuff so it became absolutely critical to use all the garden space,“ said Lustig.

But now she adds the farm needs the community’s help in keeping their dream alive, not just for herself but for the need of her employees.

"When I do come out here I'm usually not in a good mood, but when I come here basically it makes my day,” said Donovan Winters.

The farm hopes to raise these funds by May 15th to expand their work and continue to provide the community with year-round affordable, certified organic produce.

“It’s a beautiful but really challenging thing and it’s totally worth it at the end of the day," said Lustig. 

If you’d like to help the farm with their mission here is a link to their Gofundme page. 

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